Monday, June 20, 2011

Vannelli Named to Canada Jr. World Championship Team

DURHAM, N.C. – Incoming Duke freshman rower Claire Vannelli was selected to Canada’s 2011 Junior World Rowing Championship team and will represent her nation at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton, Great Britain, on August 4-7.

A native of London, Ontario, Vannelli will stroke the junior women’s four at the international event. A product of the Brentwood College Rowing Club, Vannelli has also represented Canada at the CanAmMex Regatta. She also finished third in the single at the Henley Regatta and won the single at the National Rowing Championships of Canada in September, 2010.

Vannelli is one of nine incoming freshmen for 2011-12 that join a Duke program that ranked 24th in the final CRCA Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils have plenty of momentum heading into next season after placing third at the 2011 ACC Championships and taking down a pair of ranked teams in the V8 during the final meet of the year.